More time to have your say on Blackheath tunnel


30 October 2020

Community members have an additional two weeks to attend an online consultation session and provide feedback on the options for the Great Western Highway upgrade at Blackheath.

Transport for NSW A/ Director West Alistair Lunn said the extension until 28 November will help ensure the community has time to review the tunnel options in more detail.

The tunnel includes three possible portals:

  • A northern portal next to the Mount Boyce Heavy Vehicle Safety Station
  • A short southern tunnel portal option located in Sutton Park
  • A long southern tunnel portal option south of Evans Lookout Road

“We are committed to providing the local community with even more opportunity to have their say on this section of the Great Western Highway upgrade,” Mr Lunn said.

“We’re already received over 500 submissions from the community and more than 4,000 people have visited the project’s virtual consultation room to learn about the proposed upgrade at Great Western Highway/virtual.

He said the virtual room includes an animation of the tunnel portals and a map where the community can leave comments on the project.

“While face-to-face consultation is on hold in response to slowing the spread of COVID-19, the virtual room provides the local community with an abundance of project information, right at their fingertips, at a time convenient to them,” Mr Lunn said.

“The community can listen to recordings from the online consultation sessions we’ve already held, and read the FAQs that addresses many of the issues that have been raised so far.

“We look forward to hearing more about what the community has to say during this consultation period and will continue to seek community input as designs progress.”

During the consultation period, the community can speak to a team member via the project hotline on 1800 953 777.

Tunnel options for Blackheath are still in the very early stages of strategic design as part of the $2.5 billion Great Western Highway upgrade. For more information, visit Great Western Highway.